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    ACTL Fellows provide trial skills training for legal aid attorneys

    by Doug Sachs Linda Smith, 48, her elderly mother and two teenage sons stood to lose their federally subsidized apartment after Jacksonville police found a marijuana plant on the family’s back patio, but before they would be evicted they would have their day in court. Such were the facts of the hypothetical case at the […]

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    Foundation to benefit from $500,000 cy pres award

    An Orlando-based U.S. District Judge presiding in the Middle District of Florida has approved a $10 million funded settlement in a case involving late-fee charges by Bank of America. As part of that settlement, the court directed a $500,000 cy pres award to The Florida Bar Foundation. Tampa attorney John A. Yanchunis of Morgan & […]

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  • Garcia joins Foundation as director of pro bono

    Former legal aid attorney Ericka Garcia has joined The Florida Bar Foundation staff to support local and statewide efforts to expand pro bono partnerships with bar associations, law firms, courts, law schools and legal aid organizations. As director of pro bono partnerships, Garcia will collaborate with The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal […]

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    Message from the President

    “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Immortal words uttered by Thomas Paine in 1776 seem appropriate in many respects today. For instance, as we survey the legal services landscape, it’s easy to see that demand for legal services is up and funding is down. Meanwhile, the existing service delivery model has never met […]

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  • Florida Justice Technology Center launches with Florida Bar Foundation funding

    July 8, 2015 MAITLAND, Fla. —A new statewide nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to justice through the innovative use of technology has been launched with $725,000 in funding from The Florida Bar Foundation. The Florida Justice Technology Center is made possible through the start-up funding, which was included as part of a bridge loan made […]

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  • Paul Doyle Children’s Advocacy Award goes to project that secured lawyers for dependent children with special needs

    July 8, 2015 MAITLAND, Fla. — Attorney Richard Joyce stood before Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Michael Hanzman and stated his 10-year-old client’s case in the simplest terms. “I believe the court has the ability to enforce this child’s rights,” Joyce said. The child, who had been in the care of the Florida Department of Children and […]

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    Jacksonville attorney Dominic C. “Donny” MacKenzie takes office as president of The Florida Bar Foundation

    July 2015 MAITLAND, Fla. — Jacksonville attorney Dominic C. “Donny” MacKenzie took office July 1 as president of The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization whose mission is to provide greater access to justice. “I am honored to take on the role that was meant for Julio Jaramillo were it not for his untimely […]

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  • 2015-16 Foundation officers, directors begin terms

    July 2015 The Florida Bar Foundation is pleased to announce its 2015-16 officers and directors, who took office July 1. Click on their names to read more about the Foundation’s officers, newly appointed directors and reappointed directors. A complete list of board members is available at the link below. 2015-16 Foundation officers: Dominic “Donny” C. […]

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  • President’s Award for Excellence presented posthumously to Julio Jaramillo

    View video tribute to Julio Jaramillo produced by Noemi Orsini July 8, 2015 by Doug Sachs MAITLAND, Fla. — Florida Bar Foundation President Emerson R. Thompson Jr. presented the President’s Award for Excellence to Julio C. Jaramillo posthumously at the Foundation’s annual dinner June 25 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Jaramillo, 48, passed […]

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  • William A. Van Nortwick Jr. receives 2015 Medal of Honor Award

    Jacksonville attorney William A. Van Nortwick Jr., formerly a judge on Florida’s First District Court of Appeal, received The Florida Bar Foundation’s 2015 Medal of Honor Award, the Foundation’s highest award. Partner-in-charge of Akerman LLP’s national pro bono program and a member of the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice, Van Nortwick is being […]

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  • Foundation honors founding executive director for her distinguished service

    MAITLAND, Fla. —Florida Bar Foundation President Emerson R. Thompson Jr. presented the inaugural Jane Elizabeth Curran Distinguished Service Award to Curran June 25 at the Foundation’s annual reception and dinner at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. The award was established to honor Curran for her 33 years as the organization’s founding executive director, and […]

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  • Mary Gardiner Evertz reappointed to The Florida Bar Foundation board

    July 2015 MAITLAND, Fla. —St. Petersburg resident Mary Gardiner Evertz, who spent 46 years as a reporter for The St. Petersburg Times, has been reappointed as a public member to a three-year term on the board of The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization whose mission is to provide greater access to justice. Since […]

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